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00000179-f232-de1b-a9f9-f2fa97a20003Investments in high-quality early childhood care, education, and support programs do more than help children – they also strengthen our workforce and economy. How are communities in West and Southwest Michigan approaching prevention and early intervention in these systems of care? How do the programs benefit children, families, care and education providers, businesses, and taxpayers? Where are the gaps, and how do we fill them? Come along as we take a closer look.

By Leaps & Bounds: Supporting Fatherhood

Strong Beginnings-Healthy Start
Strong Beginnings-Healthy Start

Children whose fathers are involved in their lives are more confident, get better grades, and avoid risky behaviors, which is why it is critical that fathers and men in our community stay engaged, encouraged, and informed. In an effort to support fathers, Strong Beginnings and Grand Rapids African American Health Institute have partnered on a fatherhood initiative that seeks to strengthen families by encouraging fathers to play an active role in nurturing and raising their children.

Grand Rapids African American Health Institute
Credit Grand Rapids African American Health Institute
Grand Rapids African American Health Institute

Through mentoring, father-child activities, and opportunities to learn more on topics such as men’s health, healthy relationships, parenting, child development, and how to support partners during pregnancy and post-partum (and more), along with support in accessing community resources and building life skills, this partnership focuses on improving the health and well-being of African American and Latino families.

Open to all men with a child under the age of 2, the Strong Fathers/Padres Fuertes Project connects men to available resources offered in Grand Rapids and surrounding communities like the Dads Count! Fatherhood Coalition. Here to discuss is Bo Torres, Project Supervisor for the Strong Fathers/Padres Fuertes Project with Strong Beginnings-Healthy Start and Grand Rapids African American Health Institute. To learn more, visit: https://www.strongbeginningskent.org/, https://graahi.com/join-a-program/strong-fathers/, https://www.facebook.com/dadscountkentcounty/ or join a Manhood Mondays event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1303424313181792/

Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The Shelley Irwin Show, a news magazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast at 9 a.m., features a wide variety of local and national news makers, plus special features.
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